No. 18 Wildcats sweep Augie on the road

Five players had seven or more kills and 18th ranked Wayne State College trailed just once in the entire match as the Wildcats cruised to a straight set sweep at Augustana Tuesday in Sioux Falls, S.D., winning 25-16, 25-16, 25-17.

Wayne State set the tone early in the first set, taking a 5-0 lead following a Maddie Duffy service ace.  After Augustana got within two at 9-7, the Wildcats used a pair of Jaci Brahmer kills and a service ace from Alyssa Ballenger to take a 12-8 lead and force a timeout.

Later in the set, senior setter Megan Gebhardt served five straight points, including a service ace, that gave Wayne State a 18-10 lead. The Wildcats finished the set with 14 kills while holding the Vikings to a .025 attack percentage forcing seven attack errors.

The second set saw the Wildcats take control early and lead 18-10 on back-to-back service aces from Gebhardt and another from Duffy. Jaci Brahmer paced Wayne State in the set with five kills on 10 attacks to give the Wildcats the 2-0 advantage.

Wayne State took a 5-1 lead in the third set and never looked back. Consecutive kills by Brahmer put the Wildcats ahead 15-10, but an Augustana rally got the Vikings within two at 16-14 to force a Wayne State timeout. The Wildcats regained the momentum following the timeout, scoring five of the next six points on three kills from Katie Stephens and a service ace from Haley Kauth and went on to post the three-game sweep.

Brahmer paced a balanced Wayne State attack at the net with 14 kills and a .500 attack percentage. Stephens finished with 10 kills followed by sophomore Maddie Knobbe with eight kills. Ballenger and Tarrin Beller each had seven kills. Gebhardt handed out 37 set assists and had three service aces. Libero Haley Kauth recorded 20 digs with two service aces while defensive specialist Maddie Duffy produced 11 digs and two service aces.

Wayne State (9-2, 2-1 NSIC) is at home this weekend, hosting No. 3 Concordia-St. Paul Friday at 6 p.m. and Minnesota State Saturday in a 1 p.m. contest.

The Wayne Herald

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